Trauma I retains, Mistico still cheating his way to wins

IWRG (THU) 04/08 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Dinamic BlackEpidemia
2) Comando Negro & Hijo del SignoDaga & Héros
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma IIGemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Zatura
4) Chico Che, el Ángel, La RocaBarba Roja, Dr. Cerebro, Masada
5) Trauma IHijo de Pirata Morgan [AMERICAS LH]

Trauma took the first fall, Barba Roja interfered to help Pirata win the second, Trauma took the third clean.

Masada replaced Black Terry, ensuring that rudo team couldn’t get along. Masada made the title challenge for Sunday.

CMLL (FRI) 04/09 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, CesarOvacionesSuperLuchasESTO]
1) Inquisidor & SementalAstro Boy & Trueno
2) Euforia, Nosferatu, PólvoraÁngel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata
3) ValienteSangre Azteca [lightning]
4) Averno, Ephesto, MephistoBlue Panther, Stuka Jr., Toscano
5) Terrible, Texano Jr., VangelisHéctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara
6) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Místico DQ Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Negro Casas

In the main event, “100% tecnico” Mistico took off his mask and threw it to Felino to draw the DQ. He’s still acting like a rudo. Sombra did not get along with him, but Mascara Dorada has no problem and the crowd was behind Mistico. Mistico challenged Felino to a mask vs hair match, Felino didn’t seem too interesting.

Tecnicos lost the semifinal in straight falls, with Garza having trouble accidentally hitting both his partners and walking out on them after the match. Looks like Garza is turning rudo, and maybe they’re setting the title match beforehand.

In the first fall, Averno offered a handshake to Panther, and used it to immediately beat the maestro. Rudos pulled another trick in the third fall, and @cmllmagazine notes this is the second straight week they’ve tricked Panther.

Semental replaced an injured Camorra. Reality shows are tough!

If I’m reading this blog entry correct (questionable at best), Mima Shimoda is leaving Mexico.

DJ Spectro has posts on Solitario vs Bestia Negra, part 2 of the history of lucha in Tampico, and on the Contreas video game.

Cronicas Y Leyendas writes about Canek & NJPW in Pakistan.

Lineups much later.

CMLL on LATV #4 (03/20/2010)

Arena Mexico, 03/12/2010

Bracito de Oro vs Pequeño Warrior in a lightning match: I actually think this feud is as great as a Bracito de Oro vs Pequeno Warrior feud could possible be; the improvised work on the cut here was especially inspired. Not just the workers, but the programming – this is a longer and stronger build than either of Fire’s big matches. Just, Bracito de Oro doesn’t seem quite as worth the effort, and it’s not clear they’re actually heading to an endpoint.

Delta, Diamante, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro: Maybe someone can find the clean version of Delta’s theme music? He’s doing crazy moves, we should be able to enjoy his entrance without bleed. Fun counter to the usual finish.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on CAN52 #226 (03/20/2010)

Arena Mexico, 03/14/2010

Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Starman vs Bronco, Puma King, Tiger Kid: It’d be nice if all the strange finishes of late were going somewhere. That doesn’t seem like the usual plan.

Anyway, sometimes I imagine Team CatHorse as a kid’s cartoon street gang, with Puma and Tiger as the loudmouths who get them in trouble and Bronco as the kinda dumb goon who beats people up for them, and so it’s always weird when he’s the captain. I don’t imagine anyone else has this problem.

Máximo, Metro, Rush vs Ray Mendoza Jr., Sangre Azteca, Vangelis: not horrible or anything, but certaintly nothing you ever need to see. I can’t say Rush doesn’t try (especially after that phantom powerslam), he’s just not very good. Even though he’s in the same high spot, it does feel like they’ve started to realize this and scaled him back.

updated AAA Heroes en Ring 2011 roster (28 of 31 known)

last updated 04/15

IGN says 31. Let’s count ’em off:

Spotted previously
01) La Parka Jr.
02) Electroshock
03) Konnan
04) Mesias
05) Cibernetico
06) Octagon
07) Psycho Clown
08) Elegido
09) Charly Manson – still there!
10) Abismo Negro
11) Gronda
12) Ozz
13) Chessman
14) Super Fly
15) Psicosis – was II! maybe now III?
16) Cuervo
17) Zorro
18) Vampiro

Spotted in this recent batch of video
19) Extreme Tiger
20) Monster Clown
21) Kenzo Suzuki
22) Dr. Wagner Jr.
23) Silver King
24) Murder Clown
25) Alan Stone – quick shot of him in the new trailer in a three way with Electro & Charly
26) Escoria – he’s the guy Elegido is picking up for an Atlantida. You can see his facepaint briefly, and he’s wearing his corset gear
27) Jack Evans – see late Friday note.
28) El Brazo – via 1UP
29) ?
30) ?
31) mystery guy in red

5 spots left, with 20 possibilities: Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario, Laredo Kid, Aerostar, Alebrije, Crazy Boy, Pimpinela, Espiritu, Latin Lover, Histeria, Ultimo Gladiador, Black Abyss, Chris Stone, El Brazo, Decnnis, Billy Boy, Marco Corleone, and Oriental. Many of those guys are not still around, but this roster was finalized a while back and they haven’t taken out anyone who’s since left.

mystery wrestler
mystery man from the trailer

My guess is Jack, Teddy, Lider, Nicho and Crazy Boy. That last one is a bit of a reach because Marco or Latin would be a bigger deal, but Crazy would be so sad if he wasn’t in this game. I also can’t shake the feeling that we would’ve seen Jack & Teddy already if they were actually in this game, but I have no actual facts to base it on. If it were up to me, I’d make Kahoz or Espectro de Ultratumba a hidden boss of some sort, but I would be surprised to see it.

It may not even be 6 spots, though. There’s a guy shown briefly, in a red one strapped singlet, wearing red boots with a lightning bolt on them. He’s got Gronda’s colors and Silver King’s body, but doesn’t appear to be either of them.

The most recent WWE games have included extra downloadable wrestlers for a fee. No idea if this game will get that sort of support.

Safe to assume that women or mini would’ve been spotted by now if they were going to be in this game. Disappointing, but not altogether surprising. That’s for the next version.

Edit late Friday: I’ve been told Jack Evans was in the game by those playing it at the Acclaim show. I’ve also read X-Pac mentioned by a commenter in the game, though I don’t trust anonymous commenters enough to count him as confirmed. X-Pac in this game would be bizarre to anyone not familiar with 2008-2009 AAA. Heck, I watched 2009 AAA and it still seems bizarre.

Edit: I forgot to take Escoria out from up in that paragraph.

Felino takes Mistico’s mask (sort of), AAA Video Game US release date, Wagner/Electro at TripleMania?

CMLL (THU) 04/08 Arena Neza [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Aguilia Misteriosa & Mini Flash b Hooligan I & Hooligan II
2) Carta Brava Jr., Halcon Tarin, Halcon Tarin Jr. b Bizarro, El Canalla, Ice Killer
3) Brazo Cibernetico Jr., Brazo de Platino, Super Brazo b Demonio Negro, Loco Max, Skándalo
4) Dark Angel, Lluvia, MarcelaAmapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr.Felino & Místico

Rudos took the first, tecnicos took the second. Third came down to Volador and Mistico. With the referee distracted, Felino (eliminated earlier) came back into the ring and stole Mistico’s mask, a bit of revenge for Dos Leyendas. Volador pinned Mistico for the win.

Marcela replaces Lady Apache. Or maybe they just traded bookings from here and Puebla?

Friday Night Arena Mexico previews: ESTO, Notimex, Ovaciones. Big story is Mistico’s return to the tecnico side, teaming with Sombra & Mascara Dorada. This won’t end well. Semimain is the trios champs vs Terrible, Texano, Vangelis, which sure seems like a title match setup.

Konami sent out a press release yesterday announcing they’d be distributing AAA’s video game in the US. Release date is August 9th (a Monday; odd, because usual releases are Tuesdays.) Beyond the press release, Konami was showing off the game last night. Gameinformer has a good review, noting the gameplay doesn’t distinguish it from other wrestling games, but it does include mask and hair wagering. Looking thru the pictures, Extreme Tiger made the roster. Cuervo and Super Fly surprised me, but then I remembered we had seen them before.

Ovaciones says Wagner/Electro (for the title) and Parka/Park (stip unknown) are signed for TripleMania. I think that’s likely but not for certain.

Black Mamba talks talks about Monday’s mask vs hair match with Pimpinela Escarlata.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of last night’s IWRG show.

DJ Spectro has a ton of posts: part 3 of America Salvaje’s story, the history of lucha libre in Tampico, El Solitario, los Cavernario Galindo, and who Who Are These Three Young Wrestlers.

LuchaWorld has 80 to 71 of the best in 2009 countdown.

WagnerManiacos, Niebla, Lineups

indy (SUN) 04/04 Club Deportivo Unidos [MasLucha]
1) Angelix b Rey Guerrero [LLM HEAVY]
2) Takeda b Pierroth Jr. [mask]

No name, or even unmasked shot. Just a shot of Takeda holding an mask – looks like Pierko/Salsero’s mask Hijo del Pierroth mask.

indy (TUE) 04/06 Arena Aficion [HidalgoSport]
3) Maldito Jr. b Chico Che [CROC HEAVY]
4) Sexy Alondra L Bugambilia, La Chona, el Aspid, Coco Rosa, La Plaga [hair, mask]
5) Hijo del Cien Caras & Trauma I DRAW Cien Caras Jr. & Trauma II [Relevos Increíbles]

Trauma I pinned Trauma II, Cien Caras Jr. pinned Trauma I, and the Ciens pinned each other for the draw. Sexy Alondra is Marco Antonio Castillo, from DF, 10 years a wrestler. Maldito Jr. retains his title. Chico Che never has good luck in this building.

Electroshock tells AAA that he and Silver King had previously agreed to be BFF, but Wagner was always jealous. Pimpi can join Electro’s side if he “behaves like a man”, and no one knows what will happen with Ultimo Gladiador. UG’s not been a rudo for too long, they ought to keep him as one for longer.

Mesias injuried his left shoulder on Tuesday’s taping.

In a usual Felino talks about being unmasked interview, he says Mr. Niebla is missing due to surgery knee surgery three weeks ago. Niebla has had problems wiht his knees, but he’s also had problems not with his knees. WON mentioned earlier that Niebla was suspended for 30 days. They may be wrong, but Niebla missing Dos Leyendas (despite working the night before) to get knee surgery is weird. Felino credits his own good heal to clean living – no smoking, no drinking, no drugs. Felino would be the greatest possible addition to CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society; he could cure him from being a cat!

SuperLuchas speculates about Euforia, Dr. X, Fabian, Polvora, Raziel and Cancerebro in a mask match. Five rudos might be enough to beat Fabian el Gitano, but it’s no sure thing. (The Angels were also involved, just not enough for the headline.) Maybe CMLL will just keep doing this until June; two months might be enough time to make this a defined rivalary.

Huracan Ramirez Jr. wants Canek Jr.’s mask, and makes the challenge via blog post.

Casandro is offically out of the CHIKARA King of Trios due to his broken leg. The fates will not allow the CHIKARA champion to come to CHIKARA!

Fuego en el Ring concludes their interview with Solar, who talks about winning championships in sold out buildings, changing people’s views on Mexicans and more build up for a match with Satanico. Solar says Hijo del Solar earned his degree in psychology, in case lucha deosn’t work out.

The UK reality show Shocker (and Camorra?) was on turned out to be “The Tourist”, as SuperLuchas and ESTO note. I’ve since learned that you should pick something a bit less generic than “The Tourist” if you want people to be able to find your show on Google.

Dos Caras Jr., as Dos Caras Jr., is on the WWE RAW European tour. No one’s sure what this means. Actually, everyone’s sure what they think this means, but they don’t all agree. I wouldn’t take it as Dos being on TV on Monday, but it’s better than not being on the tour. Dos wrestled with his mask off, which will scandalize the message boards.

Generico will be signing autographs on April 18.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at the death of Sangre India.

Kcidis has Mistico trying to be accepted as 100% tecnico.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/11 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Alan Extreme
2) Daga & Eragon vs Maldito Jr. & Samoth
3) Black Terry, Chico Che, Jack vs Eterno, Fishman Jr., Hijo del Signo
4) Dr. Cerebro vs Masada [IWRG IC Light]
5) Canek, Gran Alebrije, Scorpio Jr. vs Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pirata Morgan

Surprised Masada doesn’t have his own title.

CMLL (THU) 04/15 Arena Xalapa
1) Jaguar & Samuary vs Guerrero del Infierno & Perro Mocho
2) Demonio Negro, Skayde, Turbo vs Black Thunder, Skándalo, Vampiro Metálico
3) Brazo de Oro vs Super BrazoTony RiveraMáximoTexano Jr.VirusShigeo OkumuraTaichi[hair]
4) Felino & Místico vs Felino & La Sombra

Lineup via La WagnerMania. Brazo de Oro just lost his hair, so this is Super Brazo’s haircut, I would guess.

CMLL (MON) 04/12 Arena Puebla
1) Centauro de Fuego, Fuerza Chicana, Toro Bill Sr. vs Asturiano, Black Tiger, Crazy Black
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Hooligan, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Shigeo Okumura, Taichi, Virus
4) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Strong Man vs Averno, Terrible, Texano
5) Máscara Dorada vs Dragon Rojo Jr. [CMLL SL]

Try #2 for Dragon Rojo.

CMLL (TUE) 04/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Cerveruz
2) Astaroth & Idolo vs Acertijo & Ángel del Mal
3) Exterminador & León Blanco vs Drago & Ebola
4) Diamante & Palacio Negro vs Misterioso II & Shigeo Okumura
5) Brazo de Plata, Máximo, Toscano vs Asesino Negro, Terrible, Texano

Asesino Negro vs the Brazos continue.

Perros del Mal upcoming schedule

Perros del Mal announced much of their schedule for the next two months

04/18: Parque de Beisbol, Pideras Negras, Coahuila
04/19: Nuevo Laredo, Tamulipas
04/20: Arena Queretaro
04/27: Arena Aficion
04/28: Auditorio Miguel Barragan, SLP
the canceled 04/30 show in Mexicali would’ve taken place here
05/01: Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Tijuana
05/02: La Sala de Armas de la Magdalena, Mixhuca, Mexico City
05/05: Celaya, Guanajuato
05/30: Minatitlan, Veracruz

Looks like we already have the 04/18, 04/28, and 05/01 (cage match with mask/hair, plus Charly/X-Fly for hair) lineups written up, and the 05/05 is a rechedulding of an earlier show. Of the others, the 05/02 one is the biggie. Perros del Mal has a long list of guys working this show, and the names not usually seen are Marco Corleone, Latin Lover (unless “Latin” means someone else; they’re trying to skirt the name issue), Sabu, and Tommy Dreamer. Also, there will be matches for the NWA titles and hardcore matches; hopefully at the same time! This will be a Kid’s Day show as well, delayed a couple of days, so tickets will be cheap. This also the show being taped for the US.

Getting back to the list of talent, Perros del Mal also says Marco Corleone has joined. So not so much going back to AAA, and not so much using AAA wrestlers on the MTV show. Sorry for getting that wrong.

(Hilariously, Record interviews Perro Aguayo about Marco’s signing, and Perro is evasive about the foreign wrestlers being brought in. Talk to your website, Perro.)

Histeria & Alebrije are fighting AAA for their names

When a company and a luchador part on ill terms, there’s always talk about one side or another taking the matter to court. Usually, that’s the last anyone hears about it. Some of those who left AAA last year are taking real action.

The story was covered slightly differently from a lot of sources: the Gladiatores, Notimex, R de Rudo, Record, Fuego en el Ring. Note the pictures are credited to Perros del Mal, with Histeria & Alebrije wearing their masks to this meeting. Cuije and Psicosis (II) were also there, and so were many cameras.

Wednesday, Alebrije, Cuije and Histeria met with AAA and  representatives from at Mexico City’s Board of Concilation and Arbitration. The luchadors want to take their issues of identity ownership and unfair termination to court, but this is a step to see if it can be worked out before a trial. We’ve heard a lot about the identity issue, though I’m not totally sure what the luchadors are claiming – most quote Alebrije talking about building up the name over 13 years, but the Gladiatores says the luchadors actually have the copyrights for their characters in their own name. The unfair termination claim is kind of new; I wonder if it’s the old complaint about their places being taken by Americans?

AAA’s side refused comment. The two sides will meet again Friday to figure out if they can come to some to an agreement. The luchadors said others – Cuije, Psicosis, Charly Manson, Tirantes, and possibly Latin Lover – plan on following on following similar lawsuits, building of the result of this case.

There’s so much I don’t know here (including “the entirety of the Mexican legal system”) that I’d be wasting your time by guessing at how this is going to turn out. We know that LA Park lost a similar case, and Mascara Sagrada won his case, but the circumstances of the two were different from each other and most likely different for this case.

Who knows if it’s related, but all of the new clones – the new Vipers & the new Alebrije – have either been taken off TV or have never appeared on TV.

In retrospect, in makes more sense that the Perros del Mal never ended up running in AAA. They would’ve had a huge chunk of their roster suing their new partner! Perros seems to have gone the opposite route to support the ex-AAAers against AAA.

CMLL on LATV #3 (03/13/2010)

Arena Mexico, 03/05/2010

Diamante vs Raziel in a lightning match: disappointing. Not just that they blew the spots (and badly), but because they appeared to just have the big spots in mind, and no plan on how to actually connect them. It shows more when you don’t actually hit them and there’s nothing left.

Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei: Lluvia’s new best match? Not great or anything, but this was in the better half of CMLL women’s trios and I have hope of actual improvement. Also, seriously, do something with Dark Angel already.